It’s only gonna get worse: Yes, it’s winter. And yes, it’s cold. But this is different.  Mercury will plummet, 20-year records will shatter and nearly half the nation will shudder in zero or below temperatures. But wait … there’s more. If you’re traveling, be ready to sit at the airport.  More than 2,000 flights have been canceled today, a flight tracking website says.  In the Midwest, schools, churches and some businesses shuttered their windows.  Experts are referring to the rotating pool of cold, dense air as a “polar vortex.” We’re not that fancy. It’s just a big, bad, deep freeze to us.


Senate run, no more: Liz Cheney’s bid for a Senate seat in Wyoming started off on a rocky note.  Republicans – and her own family — were not amused by her surprise announcement last summer.  Her public dispute with her lesbian sister, Mary Cheney, over same-sex marriage didn’t help her image, either.  Sources now say Liz Cheney is dropping out of the race.  The oldest daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney could make an official announcement today. Her dad represented the state in Congress for five terms before moving up the food chain.


Many more achoos: This year’s flu season just keeps going, and going. The number of states reporting widespread flu activity has skyrocketed to 25. And the atypical thing is this year’s most common strain is H1N1. If that sounds familiar, it’s the same virus that caused the 2009 swine flu outbreak. Folks in the South should especially be careful. The most severe activity is in those states. The CDC has everything you need to know here.

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